Expansion Update

4th June 2015

Dear Parent/Carer/Friend of the school,

I trust you have had an enjoyable half-term break and, like me, are now looking forward to an exciting and action-packed last few weeks of the school year. Talking of which, apologies for this letter only reaching you today (and not Monday as intended) but with Ofsted phoning the school on Monday, and inspectors in school these past 2 days, it has been a busy time! I am not allowed to disclose the outcome of the inspection until the official publication of the Ofsted inspection report, which should be available in about two weeks, and as soon as it is published you will receive a copy.

Monday 15th June is rapidly approaching and this is the day when work begins on site for our school expansion. May I remind you that the expansion programme is in 3 phases lasting over a 39 week period up until 7 March 2016. This exciting programme of development is to involve the building of 4 new classrooms and a new school reception/entrance and offices; the nursery is to relocate to what is currently Mrs Lagah’s/Ms Woodward’s Year 1 classroom and the current nursery classroom is to be developed into a new open-plan double reception classroom. Finally, for the third phase of the programme, the current main entrance/office block is to be converted into a larger resource base for up to 12 children with special needs for autism.

Phase 1

On Monday 15 June the workmen arrive on site and will spend 2 weeks setting up their works’ driveway and compound (separated by fencing) on the end of the school field (near to the adventure playground).

During this same fortnight, work will start on converting Mrs Lagah’s/Ms Woodward’s current Year1L classroom into our new nursery. This will mean that starting from Monday 15 June, and for the last 5 weeks of term, class 1L will have to relocate into the “outside classroom” (adjacent to the WASPS before/after school club). 

From Monday 29 June our existing 2 pedestrian access points via Swinford Road and the rear Paganel Road entrance (via the barrier/rear footway) will be temporarily shut for the duration of the next 37 weeks.  Access for all children, parents/carers and visitors will be via a new pedestrian gate access point which will be located on the corner of Swinford and Paganel Road.

From 29 June onwards, building work will begin in the main playground to lay the foundations and start building work on the new 4 classrooms and office block. 

Phase 2

Once school finishes for the summer holiday at 1:15pm on Friday 17 July, internal work will start on the corridors to connect the old building to the new 4 classrooms/office block and also on the new open-plan double reception classroom. Our current resource base is to be

Re-decorated and furnished to become the additional/second year 3 classroom.

The resource base is to be relocated to the “outside classroom” and will be used from the start of the new school year until the completion of the new base in March 2016. 

All internal works are expected to finish in time for when children return after the summer break on Monday 7 September.

Phase 3

15 January 2016 is the expected completion date of the 4 new classrooms/office block. The conversion of the office block to our enlarged resource base will then take place, with a completion date of 4 March.

  • Monday 7 March (my birthday!) 2016 is the date of final completion/handover!

These next few months will be a turbulent time for all of us but the long-term benefits, I’m sure, will be well worth some inconvenience and disruption. I trust I will have your full support, understanding and co-operation during this period.

I hope you find this information helpful and should you have any questions or queries then please do not hesitate to have a chat with me or Mr Paul Grinham (our site manager/caretaker).

Yours faithfully

Mr Martin Shufflebottom

Headteacher